When the media was told that Carlos Tevez refused to enter the field of play in 2-0 Champions League losing cause against Bayern Munich, Manchester City fans and probably the entire world assumed the worst of the Argentinian. BUT the latest revelations by the player of his version of events are likely to throw a different spin to the entire saga.
According to Tevez, Man City coach used foul language to him and treated him "like a dog", because he was in a bad mood after arguing with Edin Dzeko a few minutes earlier, and his refusal to enter the field of play was something akin to a protest.
Tevez gave his version to Fox Sports TV during an interview which followed Mancini's call for the City striker to apologise to him for things to return to normal.
The Argentinian revealed that before the incident which has caused his exile from premier league football, he had been unhappy with his coach's tactics of pulling off a striker and replacing him with a defensive midfielder when the team needed to fight back from a 2-0 down situation.
"I was kind of in a bad mood and when he brings on (Nigel) de Jong and takes off (Edin) Dzeko and we're losing 2-0 I thought it was a defensive substitution so I decided to sit back on the bench," Tevez said.
"I had already warmed up for 10 minutes and he has this attitude that he wants to lose 2-0 instead of 4-0.
"So I sat down and at the same time Dzeko comes off and is really angry and has a go at Mancini. He then sees the tunnel is closed so he has to sit down next to him and they start to have an argument.
"Dzeko was speaking Bosnian and Mancini would swear at him in Italian so it was a real mess.
"So I go and sit down and he doesn't see me because he's having this discussion. But then he turns around and sees me and you can imagine what happens.
"He's in the middle of an argument so then he tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog," Tevez told Fox Sports TV.
The striker reveals further that he was ready to play football on the night in question, but was put off by the Italian-born coach's attitude and foul language which he used, understandably as a result of the alleged verbal exchange with Dzeko earlier.
"So when he spoke to me in that tone of voice, and I said 'No, I'm not going out'. So I was willing to play, but the coach was in such a foul mood because he had that argument with Dzeko.
"He started on me as well, started swearing at me, that was him, because I was very calm...Mancini said some horrible things to me," the Argentinian revealed.
It remains to be seen what Mancini's reaction to Tevez's latest revelationsis likely to be. The Man City coach's reaction following the incident was to state that Tevez would never play for City again, and hence the efforts to have the player sold.
There have been several attempts to ship-out the Argentinian striker to Italy, with bitter Milan rivals Inter and AC Milan both putting in bids at some point, yet nothing came of their bidding war. PSG now under Italian Carlo Ancelotti's guidance attempted to put in a bid, but developed cold feet, just like the Milan rivals, andTevez remains on the sidelines at City.
Tevez says that he was hurt by the reaction of City fans who responded to the saga by burning his squad shirt in public. The veteran striker however believes that the fans' reaction was natural, given the fact that they were misinformed.
"I believe they were misinformed, they weren't told the facts.
"So that when they were told I didn't want to play they naturally turned against me.
"When I saw them burning my shirt with my name on it or hurling insults at me it really hurt. I gave everything to that club and what I love above all is to play football," he said.
If Tevez's version is correct, then Mancini has not been very honest with the soccer loving public and decided to give them only one side of the story.
Does the club know about this new side? If the answer is yes, then the club might also have responded to the whole incident in a manner that lacks total honour.
The latest revelations might mean that Tevez is not ready to accept what appeared like an olive branch extended by his coach Mancini who invited him to apologise and resume his career at City.